Kim Raver and Alyssa Milano are returning to TV with lead roles in ABC pilots: the drama Inside the Box and the untitled Ricky Blitt comedy, respectively, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In other ABC pilot castings, Ty Burrell is set to star in the comedy My American Family; John Patrick Amedori, Robert Wisdom and Jay Paulson have been added to Happy Town; Sharon Leal and Brooklyn Sudano have joined Limelight; and Leah Pipes has been added to the Dave Hemingson project.
ABC Studios' Inside the Box is set at a news network's Washington bureau. Raver will play a knockout blond reporter who once was considered the next Diane Sawyer.
Raver is the second Lipstick Jungle star, after Lindsay Price, to book a pilot. Like Price's role on ABC's Eastwick, Raver's Inside the Box gig is formally in second position to Lipstick Jungle, whose chances to return have diminished.
The Blitt multicamera comedy, from WBTV, centers on a telemarketer and struggling writer (Eric Christian Olsen) who is torn between his needy best friend and the newfound love of his life (Milano), a successful lawyer and single mother of two.
The 20th TV-produced My American Family revolves around a traditional couple, a gay couple and a multiethnic couple. Burrell will play the goofy, upbeat dad from the traditional couple who thinks he is cooler than he really is.
On the murder mystery-in-a-small town Happy Town, Amedori (Gossip Girl) will play a wealthy teenager in a Romeo and Juliet-style romance. He is repped by Gersh and Station 3. Wisdom will play the chief deputy and investigator. Paulson will play a patrol deputy.
McG's WBTV-produced Limelight is set at a performing-arts college. Leal, repped by APA and Alchemy, will play a renowned choreographer-turned-actress who returns to her alma mater.
Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer, will play a young dancer auditioning for the academy. She is repped by Fortitude and Luber Rocklin.
20th TV's Hemingson project, originally ordered last year, is being partially recast. On the legal drama set at a Los Angeles law firm, Pipes will play a new associate who was born and raised in Beverly Hills.